Game Of Thrones Season 8: release date, trailers, rumours & more

23 January 2019, 14:50 | Updated: 23 January 2019, 15:01

Get the latest info on the final episode of the HBO series including trailers, on-air dates, cast theories, interviews and more.

It's almost time to say goodbye to Game Of Thrones, one of the most popular and impactful TV series of the 2010s.

The fantasy drama - which is based on George R. R. Martin's famous novel and features characters Jon Snow (Kit Harington), Daenerys Targaryen (Emilia Clarke) and Sansa Stark (Sophie Turner) - is about to release it's eighth and final season.

Watch the latest trailer entitled Crypts of Winterfell above.

Find out everything we know about the series so far...

Game of Thrones characters John Snow (Kit Harington), Sansa Stark (Sophie Turner) and Arya Stark (Maisie Williams) in HBO season 8 trailer
Game of Thrones characters John Snow (Kit Harington), Sansa Stark (Sophie Turner) and Arya Stark (Maisie Williams) in HBO season 8 trailer. Picture: YouTube/ Game Of Thrones/ HBO

When will it be released?

GOT Season 8 will premiere on 14 April 2019.

How long will it last?

Unlike the series before it, GOT will only comprise of six episodes.

However, they will be even longer, and as HBO CEO Richard Plepler confirmed to Variety they will more like "six movies".

What will happen?

Very little has been revealed officially by HBO, but we know it will definitely include epic fight scenes, a battle between all the key factions for the titular "throne" and... a lot of deaths.

In fact cast member Liam Cunningham, who plays Ser Davos Seaworth, has strongly hinted that all humans will die. As reported by The Independent, he teased: "We’re all going to die. Don’t forget ‘valar morghulis’ which is one of the phrases on the show which means ‘all men must die.’”

A short teaser shared by HBO in January suggests that the Stark clan will join forces with Daenerys Targaryen or Khaleesi to avenge their family.

However, it also hints at a bleak end for their family, since the final scenes witness the surviving Starks (and John Snow) come across their own statues in what looks to be a family crypt.

Watch it below:

How will it end?

Elsewhere, a lot of the show's creators and cast members past and present have teased what may happen, while others have shared their own theories.

See some of them here:

Sophie Turner says the ending will definitely cause a stir, hinting her family are not the victors. The British actress mused to IGN: “Who knows if it will be satisfying for the fans? I think a lot of fans will be disappointed and a lot of fans will be over the moon, I think.”

GOT director David Nutter told The Huffington Post that "not everybody will be satisfied".

Exec producer Bryan Cogman has teased that they will honour creator George R.R. Martin's original intentions, telling Entertainment Weekly: It’s an incredibly emotional, haunting, bittersweet final season, and I think it honours very much what George set out to do – which is flipping this kind of story on its head.”

George R.R. Martin in turn has teased how he will end his book, and suggested it may not be Khaleesi who takes the thrown either.

He told news.com.au: “I have tried to make it explicit in the novels that the dragons are destructive forces, and Dany (Daenerys Targaryen) has found that out as she tried to rule the city of Meereen and be queen there.

"She has the power to destroy, she can wipe out entire cities, and we certainly see that in ‘Fire and Blood,’ we see the dragons wiping out entire armies, wiping out towns and cities, destroying them, but that doesn’t necessarily enable you to rule — it just enables you to destroy.”

Former Game Of Thrones favourite Richard Madden - who played Rob Stark but was killed off in season 3 - seems to back this theory up, telling The Hollywood Reporter: “I kind of think it’s just going to be three dragons flying around and everyone else is dead…it’s a possibility!”

If you haven't watched Seasons 1-7, catch up on everything that's happened in the entire series so far:

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